Gear: SureFire 6P (6P-BK)

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SureFire 6P (6P-BK)

SureFire (
Category: Duty & Tactical Gear
Subcategory: Flashlights
Price: $60.00
Average Rating:
(66 Votes)

Compact (pocket sized), high-intensity incandescent flashlight for tactical, self-defense, and general use. Produces a smooth, brilliant, pre-focused tactical-level beam with three times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight—bright enough to temporarily blind and disorient a person by impairing his night-adapted vision. Light output may be nearly doubled with optional P61 lamp. Small size and high output make it an excellent everyday-carry light. FEATURES: -Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Type II anodized in glossy black -O-ring sealed, weatherproof -Tempered Pyrex® window -Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on -Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage

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    Anonymous, Mon, 30 Jul 2007 23:12:18 UTC.
    1st review

    This flashlight is very small (without being too small), very light, very bright (65-120 lumens), and super tough! If you're looking for a light to put on your already crowded belt--look no further.

    Initially, the activation switch took a little getting used to (I had been using the Streamlight Stinger, which is also a good light, but much bigger) but now I love it! The twist-cap activation allows you to set how much pressure is needed to activate the light, and when you don’t want it to activate—it features a lock out function so that it cannot be activate.

    The ONLY downside is that it is not rechargeable, but I have been using this light for my patrol duties for over six months now, and I haven't had to change the batteries yet—and I do use it a fair bit. You can purchase a conversion kit, if you absolutely must have a rechargeable flashlight, but it does add a little bit to the overall length.

    Like I said--I've used several other lights: Streamlight Strion, Streamlight Stinger, MagLites, and Innova, and all of those are good products--but this one is by far my favorite. I have this one on my duty-belt, and purchased the polymer equivalent--the SureFire G2 for my personal use. I am also getting ready to purchase a 9P ($79, longer version of the 6P with 105-200 lumens output) to put in my duty bag and a G3 ($59, same as 9P but polymer) for personal use.

    When showing this light to my superior officer, he pointed out that it doesn’t make much of a “last ditch” weapon—which is true, however, there is also a 6PD (D for “Defender”), which comes with a “crenellated Strike Bezel™” for “enhanced self-defense capabilities”.

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    viperrob8, Mon, 17 Sep 2007 22:44:19 UTC.

    Love the brightness and how little space it takes up on your duty belt.

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    rerjavac, Wed, 07 Nov 2007 04:39:48 UTC.

    great for a back up flash light. and works even better if you use rechargeable battery or add a red filter cover to presurve night vision when walkin on trails

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    Anonymous, Thu, 08 Nov 2007 22:23:51 UTC.


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    JChase, Wed, 14 Nov 2007 23:39:45 UTC.

    I would actually go with the 6Pd with the crenelated bezel. Its a great light, small enough for a pocket but bright enough to be used as a backup or even stand alone self defense tool.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 15 Nov 2007 04:51:32 UTC.

    had mine for 10 years, still works great

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    sgtjtbull, Mon, 19 Nov 2007 13:53:42 UTC.

    Kickin little light. I have two, one for my duty belt, one for my unmarked vehicle. You can't have too many of these. The great thing about this thing is it's always on your belt instead of laying in your car or in the charger.

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    jeffco1, Mon, 19 Nov 2007 19:59:22 UTC.

    this flashlight is small and versitile and easy to conseal.

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    Czechdog4, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 01:45:05 UTC.

    Great flashlight...I own two of them. The only flaw I found was that it went through batteries extremely fast and became costly to operate as a regular patrol flashlight...made more for special services.

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    CSL, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:52:38 UTC.

    Good Lite

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    jv741, Sun, 25 Nov 2007 13:28:24 UTC.

    This is a good pocket utility light. It goes well in tactical sistuations.

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    JM9040, Sun, 02 Dec 2007 04:06:05 UTC.

    works well but goes through batteries like water makes it expensive to run.

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    USAFE7, Mon, 03 Dec 2007 03:22:27 UTC.

    This is an awesome, bright light. I agree with some of the reviews about having the D model self defense bezel. You can purchase a recharger attachment for it on the Sure Fire web site. I carry this as my back up to my trusty old Mag light only because my company provides that for us to use as well as the batteries. Rather use theirs up then mine, but when I need light it is right there on my hip in my Sure Fire holster I bought online for $19.

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    vbpdaco, Mon, 03 Dec 2007 16:12:35 UTC.

    If it didn't go threw a but load of batterys every mounth it would be perfect...

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    dlhinson, Fri, 28 Dec 2007 18:38:32 UTC.

    Excellent flashlight, however it uses alot of batteries. The button on the bottom that you use to operate the light is ultra sensitive and will turn on with ease esp when sitting don. Otherwise a good light all around

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    JTiceLC08, Wed, 02 Jan 2008 16:43:23 UTC.

    I picked mine up used, one year old for thirty bucks. Two years later it still works like a charm. great light.

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    hcma1, Sun, 06 Jan 2008 22:51:25 UTC.

    Good light, easy to use. Only problm I have is no warning when batteries go dead, you just have no light.

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    Will_SP, Thu, 10 Jan 2008 02:51:34 UTC.

    Great flashlight. Very bright, however battery life is short. Best to keep a spare set of batteries nearby (which aren't cheap either). Works well on duty with the holster, also minimizes accidental activation of the sensitive button.

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    AdamGon, Tue, 29 Jan 2008 02:46:29 UTC.

    Great flashlight!! I have had one for years when they first came out. It has served me served me welll. During a Gang Operation I took it out of my Tactical Vest and found that the light had be deployed for a period of time. It got so hot that it created a bubble in the lens, but the light still work. Soon after that I visited with a Sales Rep from Surfire at the ILEETA Conference when it was in Albuquerque. He told me to call Surfire and they would sent me a replacement bezel. A year went by and nothing came in the mail. A year later I called Surfire again and the new bezel arrived in week. It fit my 6P perfectly and was the newer verison so I was happy!! Battery life is short though.

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    skitzboy311, Wed, 27 Feb 2008 22:17:01 UTC.

    Very bright even without being an LED. Mounts almost any rifle with ease and batteries last very long.

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    tlwinkles379, Wed, 27 Feb 2008 23:19:53 UTC.

    This is one of the many Surefire lights I have and love all of them. The light is dependable but if you are using the high output bulb don't expect long battery life.

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    JK313, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 18:05:03 UTC.

    I carry this light in my duty bag just in case my other flashlight starts dying while in the field. I am impressed with the durability and amount of light this puts off for the size. Great tactical light for entries etc.

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    NatalieR429, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 19:28:36 UTC.

    The batteries only lasted about 6 months for me....that was the only downside.

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    abc12345, Mon, 03 Mar 2008 05:22:52 UTC.

    Great secondary light for me. I love it very dependable.

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    Got_1_Runnin, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 03:35:35 UTC.

    Very light and compact but goes through too many expensive batteries.

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    aaa111, Sun, 23 Mar 2008 13:02:36 UTC.

    this is a very good light. compact and lots of light!

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    jassmi, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 10:29:51 UTC.

    One of the brightest lights on the market (especially if you buy the upgraded bulb from 60 lumens to 120 lumens). The tail cap button is excellent for tactical use (as well as preserving the battery life) but that’s just the problem the "battery life" is only an hour long (upgraded bulb is only 30min) and the batteries are too expensive to keep buying at that level of wear. They should have made this rechargeable.

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    hapkidoboy, Wed, 26 Mar 2008 21:40:40 UTC.

    I wish the batteries lasted longer, but my 6P is great. It really takes a beating, and is small enough to fit in my pocket.

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    pittbull, Wed, 02 Apr 2008 08:42:22 UTC.

    I've carried the same one for over 12 years, and love it.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 09 Apr 2008 06:24:13 UTC.

    Samll but a very bright light. easy to carry but will do the big jobs.

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    upd904, Wed, 09 Apr 2008 07:27:45 UTC.

    I LOVE THIS LIGHT! I've owned one, sadly I had let it go a few years ago when I was in a different field, but I will definitely pick up another one as soon as I can. One recommendation: If you are concerned with the lack of time allowed for use, I would suggest switching to the LED head, it increases the life of the 3volt lithium batteris to almost 100 hours instead of the 60 minutes of use you get with the standard bulb.

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    marinefit, Sat, 12 Apr 2008 12:28:46 UTC.

    A great light. The primary beam is painfully bright if you're on the business end of the light, and the secondary beam around the pre-focused beam fills an entire pitch-black room with light. A downside is that it rapidly goes through expensive 123A Lithium batteries, with a cost of $4 per hour to operate.

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    Platter25, Sun, 20 Apr 2008 22:54:38 UTC.

    Great as a backup light! Battery life is a little short to use as you're main flashlight unless you keep spare batteries with you

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    Anonymous, Wed, 30 Apr 2008 10:21:05 UTC.

    great flashlight, plenty of light decent price

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    SEVEN2, Wed, 07 May 2008 06:18:41 UTC.

    Had mine for years, add an LED bulb and its probably one of the best out there,,,helps the batteries last longer too.

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    SCO_CORREA, Tue, 13 May 2008 21:36:45 UTC.

    Light weight great flashlight.

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    miapoet, Fri, 16 May 2008 04:34:55 UTC.

    I love my little SureFire light and the retention holder. Always got a light weight light when I need it.

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    max4777, Wed, 21 May 2008 02:21:20 UTC.

    Great light, but the batteries don't last long, and the bulb is expensive.

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    graham_zach, Wed, 04 Jun 2008 14:06:58 UTC.

    yea its a great light but yet alot of money to keep up with it

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    uscgopus, Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:21:04 UTC.

    This is a good flashlight. I have had two of them for about 15 years and they have not let me down. Very bright, and durable. Use them in the salt water, and now on land. Never any problems. Took me a while, but found out to buy the batteries from surefire instead of a drugstore. MUCH CHEAPER!

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    bradleyk86, Sat, 05 Jul 2008 23:05:32 UTC.

    A great, compact and very bright flashlight. great for blinding someone coming at you.

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    Midnite_Mikey, Fri, 18 Jul 2008 04:38:16 UTC.

    This little guy kinda set the stage for the newer smaller brighter lites...

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    GDE856, Sun, 17 Aug 2008 04:47:18 UTC.

    I bought this light as a backup light for my duty belt. It is now my first call light for traffic stops. I upgraded to the LED lamp unit for more battery life and an even brighter light. Fantastic for vehicle searches and so bright it is almost a weapon. Very versatile. AN excellent little light.

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    JP503, Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:46:41 UTC.

    Carrying light

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    BILLY3476, Wed, 01 Oct 2008 00:51:15 UTC.


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    Anonymous, Fri, 03 Oct 2008 10:10:01 UTC.

    This light is a great light. I bought this one waaay back in 2003 and I still use it. It goes everywhere with me, no matter what. This light, I don't mind spending the extra green on batteries for. Its dependable, bright and has never failed me, not once!

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    CPD106, Sun, 02 Nov 2008 20:46:15 UTC.

    I have the 6P-D, which has the scalloped bezel for use as an impact tool when I have it in my hand for quick reaction, I like it... I use it as my belt light, I carry a bigger light for primary use, though...

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    Badge1025, Fri, 07 Nov 2008 05:47:54 UTC.

    Been carrying mine for about 17 years. Still is bright, been thru half dozens lamps

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    Santino, Wed, 19 Nov 2008 14:09:58 UTC.

    Good light. I've been carrying it for years. It will burn thru the lense if you have it on too long though or else it would get five stars from me

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    clowersr, Sat, 29 Nov 2008 03:33:46 UTC.

    8 years of use and still going strong. Absolutely great for those times when one needs to 'temporarily blind' a subject at night, as directing the beam into someone's eyes for a couple of seconds will provide the extra moment sometimes needed for "Plan B". Mine is with me daily, and I wouldn't want to be without it. Definitely got my money's worth here.

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    396HP, Thu, 18 Dec 2008 05:47:21 UTC.

    My husband bought me this for my back up light when I first hit the highways. Awesome! Wished it didn't chew up batteries like it does.

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    rlague, Sat, 28 Feb 2009 21:29:24 UTC.

    good backup light, compact and small, bright...excellent tool

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    Shey, Sun, 12 Apr 2009 21:53:48 UTC.

    I love this flashlight. It's durable, functional, and extremely bright! I didn't like that it only had a 20 minute run time, but with the new, super bright LED, you get 11 hours of run time and you gotta love that!

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    Cimmer, Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:04:41 UTC.

    Fits great on duty belt with holster, but run on batteries quick if you do not twist the activate button past the notches.

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    Nick14, Sun, 17 May 2009 22:40:10 UTC.

    A great light that is compact and build to withstand being run over by an uparmored humvee(my did and worked perfectly before and after). I still use mine on duty since I left the military and I've replaced the bulb once since i purchased it nearly 4 years ago. Other then replacing the batteries when the juice is gone it hasn't let me down yet.

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    Prestidge, Mon, 08 Jun 2009 00:21:58 UTC.

    Pretty tough and bright little flashlight. The bulbs could be a bit more durable but over all great product that is well made as can be expected from surefire.

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    VAPD1433, Sun, 09 Aug 2009 09:17:43 UTC.

    Good secondary flashlight for the money.

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    Punisher81, Sat, 15 Aug 2009 03:15:55 UTC.

    Good price, good light n great for everyday use.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 05 Oct 2009 16:24:20 UTC.

    I love this light its very bright and serves its purpose but loves batteries

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    Anonymous, Sun, 24 Jan 2010 00:26:45 UTC.

    I have owned this light for many years. It was very practical for duty use and has continued to come in handy after retirement. At one time, the window "spider webbed". I went online and contacted Surefire. They immediately sent a new window, no questions asked. There are some upgrades out there, and I intend to get some. My light is one of the originals.

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    Scurge, Mon, 08 Mar 2010 04:51:33 UTC.

    I have two of this one with an LED bulb. The LED bulb is a must have run time from about an hour to about 12 hours and seems to be just as bright either way.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 26 Jun 2010 03:30:49 UTC.

    Awsome light!!! Puts out good ilumination, & takes a beeting! I use it at work, at home, & out hunting. Got a couple of the light filters, They'r great , but havn't been able to get a good case to store them in.

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    Tengri, Sun, 19 Sep 2010 09:29:46 UTC.

    I was issued this prior to my deployment that I'm currently serving, it's a pretty bright light and easy to use. I find it eats up batteries however, even when the cap is untwisted to the point that it can't turn on by depressing the end cap I've found the batteries dead at the next use. A great light but I prefer my G2 for my primary.

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    AnchAK, Sun, 12 Dec 2010 10:31:18 UTC.

    I bought this light 2 1/2 years ago before the academy. During the academy I dropped it during a low light excercise and it got a dent in the bezel. Ive used the same light throughout duty in rain and snow and it has never gotten water or condensation in it.

    Its a bright light and its very durable. I did get a different tail cap for a click on and off instead of the pressure or twist on it came with. for the price i believe it shold come with a click on/off switch.

    The battery life is good as well.

    Other than that its an indespensible tool on the belt. Get one before the academy and you'll carry it with you always.

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    coshane220, Mon, 27 Dec 2010 06:28:19 UTC.

    Very compact and bright...quite heavy for it's size and has a tight fit in the Bianchi Accumold case. Never fails to stop shinning!

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    Anonymous, Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:07:17 UTC.

    Great light, quality built, good beam.

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